Harry Redknapp's decision to keep faith with Peter Crouch paid off as the striker scored twice to give Tottenham their first victory in almost two months as Stoke were beaten 3-2 at White Hart Lane.
Arsenal's title challenge suffered a blow as their late rally was only enough to secure a draw at West Brom.
Substitute Carlos Vela rescued a point for West Brom with an injury-time equaliser in the Black Country derby with Wolves at the Hawthorns. On loan Tottenham striker Jamie O'Hara's stunning strike looked to have settled the game in the first half but, with seconds remaining, Wolves keeper Wayne Hennessey spilled James Morrison's shot and Vela, on loan from Arsenal, converted the rebound.
Niko Kranjcar produced another spectacular strike to fire Tottenham back into the Premier League's top four with victory at Sunderland.
New West Brom manager Roy Hodgson admits he never intended to return to management so quickly after being sacked by Liverpool last month.
West BROM chairman Jeremy Peace insists new head coach Roy Hodgson was always the number one target to replace Roberto Di Matteo.
COLIN Calderwood has played down suggestions that he is about to be reunited with former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton at West Bromwich Albion.
ROBERTO Di Matteo has voiced his surprise after being sacked by West Brom yesterday. The Baggies placed their Italian manager on gardening leave after their 13th defeat in 18 games, a 3-0 reverse at Manchester City, left them only two points clear of the relegation zone.
New signing Fernando Torres was not needed as Nicolas Anelka reminded Chelsea of his potency in a 4-2 win at Sunderland.
Tamas (og 41), Hoilett (47)
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WEST Brom are to take no action against defender Paul Scharner over his public comments about the club's dressing-room discipline. Scharner said the Albion players had become "lazy" after the abolition of their own internal fines system.
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Rooney 3; Hernandez 75
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ROBERTO DI MATTEO spoke up for Peter Odemwingie after the West Brom striker was the main culprit in a profligate Baggies performance at Bolton yesterday.
CAPTAIN Charlie Adam helped inspire Blackpool to an impressive win over Stoke City as the newly-promoted Premier League club continue to show form in England's top flight.
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In today's Rumour Mill: Ibrox takeover talks reach final stages; Cardiff offer Celtic a swap deal; First Division quartet want cash from SFA; plus the rest of the day's football news and gossip.
Arsenal ended a difficult week by holding off a spirited Aston Villa fightback to earn victory.